Monday, February 6, 2012

Descanso's Gate

If you live in Southern California, maybe you've visited Descanso Gardens in La Canada/Flintridge.  That is where I took the reference photo for this pastel painting.  If you haven't been there and have a chance to go, it's worth the trip.  It's about 160 acres and has about 1000 California Coastal Oaks in a forest with huge camillias growing beneath them.  There is also a rose garden, lilac garden, koi pond, Japanese garden and tea house, art gallery, gift shop, a cafe, classes and so much more.  I've been there at different times of the year and I don't think I have a favorite (there are always so many things in bloom) but this year I think I might go in March for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Descanso's Gate
Image Size 7" x 10"
Pastel

13 comments:

  1. This is really lovely! Beautiful technique, Nancy! I really like how the gate is open and invites the eye to wander further back into the painting.

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  2. This is the kind of gate it would be nigh unto impossible not to walk through! So inviting. I love viney twisted branches and trunks and intertwine them with flowers and begin to make a natural arch? Sigh...Nature at its most beautiful!!

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  3. This has great composition, Nancy!
    Enjoying your blog!

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  4. Love this painting, Nancy!! Those flowers are so beautifully painted!! Love the gate with the wonderful shadows! OKAY! I think this is my favorite of yours (for now!)

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  5. Thank you Dean.

    Hilda, that's high praise coming from such an accomplished pastel artist. Thank you.

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  6. Love the painting Nancy. It has such a wonderful feel to it and is so inviting!

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  7. A garden gate with flowers, a Tuscan landscape, and a vineyard...I'm in heaven! Lovely pastels!!!

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  8. Hey Nancy..The painting looks soft and lovely. Love your recent posts..esp. your reference painting Birds of paradise from Mexico..where did you go in Mexico?

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  9. Hi Page, We were in Manzanillo then went to San Miquel de Allende and Tlaque Paque.

    Thank you Karen.

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